Land Conservancy awarded $40,000 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

BUFFALO – Thursday at the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, the Land Trust Alliance and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the Western New York Land Conservancy has won two Conservation Partnership Program grants worth $40,000.

In total, the DEC awarded Conservation Partnership Program grants worth $1.4 million to 57 nonprofit land trusts across the state. The grants, funded through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, will be matched by $1.3 million in private and local funding.

The Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Nancy Smith, said, “These funds will help us become one of the few nationally accredited land trusts in Central and Western New York, supporting our commitment to rigorous standards for organizational excellence. With the funds, we will also be able to improve our website and social media tools, making it easier for us to garner public support for protecting our important natural areas.”

Throughout the state, the Conservation Partnership Program grants will help local land trusts sustain and expand community and landowner outreach, land conservation, stewardship and education programs. The grants will advance regional economic development goals, create land trust jobs, and strengthen partnerships with local and state governments while advancing locally supported efforts to preserve farmland, municipal watersheds and green infrastructure.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects land with significant conservation value in Western New York for future generations. The Land Conservancy envision a future in which open spaces, working lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The Land Conservancy is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State. Land Trusts have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years. For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or the mission of the Western New York Land Conservancy, call 687-1225, email or visit